Christmas message from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (23 Dec 2015)

With the festive season now upon us I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2016.

It's at times like this that the effort everyone connected with West Yorkshire Police, whether that be someone who works or volunteers for the Force and other services, comes into ever more sharper focus. People give up their Christmas Dinner and spending time with loved ones to keep the communities of West Yorkshire safer and feeling safer. I want to extend a big thank you and my appreciation to them.

It's been a very busy 2015 in my own office and key outcomes around tackling crime and safeguarding within the Police and Crime Plan continue to be met. As we go forward I will continue to work very closely with West Yorkshire Police and key local partners to achieve shared community safety goals. That includes continuing to give the ill-gotten gains seized from criminals through the Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA) back to the communities of West Yorkshire through my Safer Communities Fund. This year I was delighted to hit the £1million mark, this money has a hugely positive impact across all of the county with over 220 groups and organisations supported in various community safety projects making a real difference.

I know 2016 will be another challenging year. West Yorkshire Police has already had to make big budget cuts and many of our key partners saw their budgets cut again drastically during the recent Comprehensive Spending Review. There's only so much of these drastic cuts organisations can be expected to shoulder without any consequences.

I also want to reassure everyone however, that I will do everything I can, working with West Yorkshire Police, our partners and the public to protect our communities.

Have a Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year.

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire


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